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Unit of competency details

BSBWHS520 - Manage implementation of emergency procedures (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to BSBWHS510 - Contribute to implementing emergency procedures 29/Aug/2019

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 30/Aug/2019


Training packages that include this unit

Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 061301 Occupational Health And Safety  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 061301 Occupational Health And Safety  30/Aug/2019 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with BSB Business Services Training Package Version 5.0.

Application

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement initial response procedures for emergencies. Its focus is on the implementation of procedures already developed for short-term emergency responses. It assumes that expert advice will be available in identifying potential emergencies and in formulating response plans.

The unit applies to those with supervisory responsibilities for managing work health and safety (WHS) in the workplace who contribute to the implementation of procedures for responding to emergencies. These people work in a range of WHS roles across all industries, and apply a substantial knowledge base and well-developed skills in a wide variety of WHS contexts.

NOTES

1. The terms ‘occupational health and safety’ (OHS) and ‘work health and safety’ (WHS) are equivalent, and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where model WHS laws have not been implemented, registered training organisations (RTOs) are advised to contextualise this unit of competency by referring to existing WHS legislative requirements.

2. The model WHS laws include the model WHS Act, model WHS Regulations and model WHS Codes of Practice. See Safe Work Australia for further information.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit Sector

Regulation, Licensing and Risk – Work Health and Safety

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENTS 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Identify potential emergencies

1.1 Apply knowledge of WHS hazards and relevant standards to identify possible causes of potential emergencies

1.2 Seek input from stakeholders in identifying potential emergencies

1.3 Identify and liaise with appropriate specialist advisers and emergency services and/or specialist response teams to identify possible causes of potential emergencies

1.4 Develop a risk register to identify potential emergencies and their possible causes

2. Identify options for initial response

2.1 Categorise major types of potential emergencies

2.2 Identify actions required to contain or limit potential emergencies

2.3 Identify actions required to limit impact of potential emergencies on personnel, property and the environment

2.4 Identify requirements for liaison with emergency services and/or specialist response teams

2.5 Prioritise initial response actions to be taken during emergencies

3. Plan initial response procedures

3.1 Identify resources available and required for initial response

3.2 Ensure that emergency equipment is checked for serviceability, accessibility, cleanliness and correct location

3.3 Document actions required for a range of major types of emergency, taking account of standards, current industry practice, specialist advice and input by emergency services and/or specialist response teams

3.4 Identify training needs and appropriate providers

4. Implement initial response procedures

4.1 Document and display actions for initial response

4.2 Outline own role in initial response

4.3 Follow required procedures according to WHS laws, and organisational policies and procedures

5. Review initial response procedures

5.1 Monitor initial response for effectiveness, efficiency and timeliness in consultation with stakeholders and, specialist advisers and agencies as required

5.2 Document results of response monitoring and promptly report to appropriate persons

5.3 Identify areas for organisational and personal improvement and make recommendations based on analysis of response

6. Manage post-emergency activities

6.1 Identify and support other personnel involved in second response phase

6.2 Facilitate debriefing processes

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance but not explicit in the performance criteria.

Skill 

Description 

Reading

  • Interprets and critically analyses texts when planning emergency response procedures
  • Applies appropriate strategies to construct meaning from texts to assist in planning emergency response procedures

Writing

  • Develops risk registers, reports and associated documentation according to organisational requirements, using appropriate vocabulary, grammatical structure and conventions

Oral communication

  • Asks questions and actively listens to gather information about potential emergency situations
  • Provides information during or after emergency response situations using structure and language appropriate to audience and context

Navigate the world of work

  • Contributes to broader goals in emergency response contexts
  • Identifies legal rights and responsibilities of self and others in relation to emergency response contexts
  • Keeps up to date on changes to WHS laws relevant to own role and responsibilities, and considers their implications in emergency response contexts

Interact with others

  • Collaborates with others to achieve joint outcomes, playing an active role in facilitating effective group interaction
  • Takes a leadership role in supporting, consulting and liaising in emergency response contexts

Get the work done

  • Formulates plans and monitors actions against stated goals, adjusting plans and resources to cope with contingencies
  • Uses decision-making processes: sets and clarifies goals, gathers information, and identifies and evaluates several choices to determine appropriate actions and responses
  • Applies problem-solving processes when identifying actions required in emergencies and associated training needs, resolving issues in manageable parts, and identifying and evaluating options for action
  • Reflects on response outcomes and feedback from others in order to identify general principles and concepts that may be applicable in new emergency situations
  • Identifies the potential of new approaches to enhance work practices and outcomes

Unit Mapping Information

Supersedes and is equivalent to BSBWHS510 Contribute to implementing emergency procedures.

Links

Companion Volume Implementation Guides are available from VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=11ef6853-ceed-4ba7-9d87-4da407e23c10

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with BSB Business Services Training Package Version 5.0.

Performance Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate the ability to complete the tasks outlined in the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, and to:

  • manage the planning, implementation and review of initial response procedures for at least two different emergencies.

During the above, the candidate must:

  • identify and prioritise causes and options for initial response to contain or limit potential emergencies and their impact
  • liaise with specialist advisers, emergency services and/or specialist response teams as required.

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate the knowledge to complete the tasks outlined in the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit. This includes knowledge of:

  • commonwealth and state/territory work health and safety (WHS) legislation and how it applies to managing the implementation of initial response procedures
  • organisational and workplace WHS policies and procedures relating to initial response, including:
  • identifying and reporting emergencies
  • categorising major types of potential emergencies
  • essential communication and actions in an emergency
  • reporting on response to emergency
  • internal and external sources of WHS information and data, and procedures for accessing them
  • organisational structure, roles and responsibilities of WHS personnel managing the implementation of initial response procedures
  • workplace emergency response equipment, including:
  • emergency alerting systems
  • emergency protection systems
  • smoke alarms, fire alarms and fire extinguishers
  • required safety wear
  • security systems
  • nature of work, work site and hazards that may result in an emergency situation
  • hazards arising and precautions to be taken during emergency response
  • information needs of emergency response personnel during reporting, arrival and response to an emergency
  • principles and priorities of fire protection and emergency response applicable to performance evidence
  • accepted industry practice when responding to workplace emergencies.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must comply with WHS laws, legal responsibilities and duty of care required for this unit. It must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities undertaken by individuals carrying out WHS duties in the workplace, and must include access to:

  • workplace equipment and resources
  • WHS laws, and organisational policies and procedures required to demonstrate the performance evidence
  • case studies and, where possible, real situations
  • opportunities for interaction with others.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the assessor requirements in applicable vocational education and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Links

Companion Volume Implementation Guides are available from VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=11ef6853-ceed-4ba7-9d87-4da407e23c10